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Tema Lunning Prize winners

The Lunning Prize / Lunningpriset

by Hans Krondahl

(på svenska)

Scandinavian design award, named after Frederik Lunning (1882--1959), Danish-born businessman and owner of Georg Jensen Inc. New York.

The Lunning Prize was established in 1952 to celebrate F.L:s 70th birthday and was distributed on annual basis during two decades from this year. The monetary value of the prize was US$ 15.000, a considerable amount of money at that point of time.

Every year two distinguished and gifted designers or craftsmen from Scandianavia were selected as recipients of The Luning Prize.

A selection group with delegates from all Scandinavian countries submitted candidates and made the final decision about the Prize winners for the year.

During the middle of The Twentieth Century the concept "Scandinavian Design" was a word of prestige in the marketing of new products. In this connection The Lunning Prize and the honored designers became a part of the image abroad for this concept. Via exhibits and intense Press coverage of the artists production nearly all of the Lunning Prize winners achived World-wide recognition. Several of the recipients of the Prize came to exercise lasting influence on the education in their respective field of designing. And still, in The Year 2000, some of the Prize-winners are active in their professions.

Skandinaviskt designpris, uppkallat efter Frederik Lunning, den danskfödde affärsmannen och ägaren till Georg Jensen Inc., New York.

Lunningpriset instiftades till F.L:s 70-årsdag 1952 och delades ut under två decennier från och med detta år. Prissumman var 15.000 USD, -- en avsevärd summa i den tidens penningvärde.

Som mottagare av priset utsågs varje år två framstående och talangfulla formgivare eller konsthantverkare från Skandinavien.

En grupp sakkunniga delegater från de olika länderna arbetade med att utse kandidater och slutligen välja de två lyckliga mottagarna av respektive års Lunningpris.

Under mitten av nittonhundratalet kom begreppet Scandianvian Design att bli ett honnörsord och ett välkänt begrepp i marknadsföringen av nya produkter. Därigenom kom också Lunningpriset och pristagarna själva att bli en del av profilen utomlands för modern skandinavisk formgivning. Genom utställningar och intensiv pressbevakning av pristagarnas verk nådde de flesta av formgivarna ut på världsmarknaden. Många av Lunningpristagarna kom också att spela en viktig roll inom utbildningen på sina respektive områden. Fortfarande år 2000 är flera av pristagarna verksamma som formgivare.

Selected Bibliography / Kortfattad bibliografi

Beer, Eileene Harrison, Scandinavian Design; Objects of a Life Style, New York 1975.
Boman, Monica, ed., Design in Sweden, Stockholm 1985
Dahlbäck Lutteman, Helena & Uggla, Marianne, ed., The Lunning Prize, Nationalmuseum.Catalogue No. 489. Stockholm 1986.
McFadden,David Revere, ed., Scandinavian modern design 1880--1980, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. New York 1982.
Möller,Svend Erik, ed., 34 skandinaviske designere / 34 Scandinavian designers, Copenhagen 1967.

Prize Winners / Mottagare

Scandinavian Designers / Skandinaviska formgivare. Recipients of The Lunning Prize 1951 - 1970 / Mottagare av Lunningpriset 1951 -1970:

1951
Hans J. Wegner, Denmark (b. 1914)
Tapio Wirkkala, Finland (1915 - 1985)
1952
Carl-Axel Acking, Sweden (b.1910)
Grete Prytz Kittelsen, Norway (b.1917)
1953
Tias Eckhoff, Norway (b. 1926)
Henning Koppel, Denmark (1918 - 1981)
1954
Ingeborg Lundin, Sweden (1921 - 1992)
Jens H. Quistgaard, Denmark (b.1919)
1955
Ingrid Dessau, Sweden (b. 1923)
Kaj Franck, Finland ( 1911 - ? )
1956
Jörgen Ditzel, Denmark (1921 - 1961) &
Nanna Ditzel, Denmark (b. 1923)
Timo Sarpaneva, Finland (b.1926)
1957
Hermann Bongard, Norway (b. 1921)
Erik Höglund, Sweden (1932 - 1998)
1958
Poul Kjaerholm, Denmark (1929-1980
Signe Persson-Melin, Sweden (b.1925)
1959
Arne Jon Jutrem, Norway (b.1929)
Antti Nurmesniemi, Finland (b. 1927)
1960
Torun Bülow-Hübe, Sweden (b. 1927)
Vibeke Klint, Denmark (b. 1927)
1961
Bertel Gardberg, Finland (b.1916)
Erik Plöen, Norway (b.1925)
1962
Hertha Hillfon, Sweden (b. 1921)
Kristian Vedel, Denmark (b. 1923)
1963
Karin Björquist, Sweden (b. 1927)
Börje Rajalin, Finland ( b. 1933 )
1964
Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi, Finland ( b. 1930)
Bent Gabrielsen, Denmark ( b. 1928)
1965
Eli-Marie Johnsen, Norway ( b. 1926)
Hans Krondahl, Sweden (b. 1929)
1966
Gunnar Cyrén, Sweden (b. 1931)
Yrjö Kukkapuro, Finland (b.1933)
1967
Erik Magnussen, Denmark (b. 1940)
Kirsti Skintveit, Norway (b. 1942)
1968
Björn Weckström, Finland (b. 1935)
Ann Wärff, Sweden (b. 1937) &
Göran Wärff, Sweden:(b. 1933)
1969
Helga Exner, Denmark ( b. 1939) &
Bent Exner, Denmark ( b. 1932)
Bo Lindekrantz, Sweden (b. 1932) &
Börge Lindau, Sweden (b. 1932)
1970
Kim Naver, Denmark (b. 1940)
Oiva Toikka, Finland (b.1931)

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